March 29, 2019

Dazed and Confused: Legal Considerations in the Business of Legalized Marijuana

Cannabis use and possession remains prohibited at the federal level under the U.S. Federal Controlled Substances Act, while currently medicinal cannabis is legal in 32 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia, adult recreational use is legal in 10 U.S. states, and adult recreational use became legal throughout Canada on October 17. These conflicting laws present challenges for those in the cannabis industry seeking to protect and enforce their intellectual property. This program, led by experts in the cannabis industry, will provide a deep-dive view of the various intellectual property issues that companies in the cannabis industry should consider when operating a legalized marijuana business. In particular, the panel will focus on strategies and solutions when seeking to trademark, patent, or license cannabisrelated products. Taking a comparative view, the panel will feature attorneys from both the United States and Canada.